North Korea’s recent attempt at testing a long-range missile may have ended in embarrassment, but India has been been more fortunate. On Thursday, India tested a long-range, nuclear-capable missile with the ability to hit major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. According to AJC the test was a success, and New Delhi is now planning to add more of these missiles to its regular arsenal over the next three years.This is a big step for India, and an even bigger step in the development of the Great Game in Asia. While India has always been one of the region’s strongest military powers, it has lagged far behind China, as its military outlook has been focused instead on dealing with a much weaker Pakistan. Pakistan’s continuing decline has changed that calculation; Pakistan is a great power in the realm of terror, but its conventional forces are not an offensive threat to India and strategically speaking, the greatest danger Pakistan poses to its neighbor is that its continuing disintegration will unleash forces of chaos and destruction.Meanwhile, China’s growing economic clout and massive military buildup are refocusing India’s attention on the trans-Himalayan threat. As one Indian defense analyst put it, “While China doesn’t really consider India any kind of a threat or any kind of a rival, India definitely doesn’t think in the same way.”Meanwhile in Beijing, India’s missile test is just the latest in a long string of bad news. This is a grim spring for Beijing, even if most western commentary has been unable so far to connect the dots. Nothing is going China’s way. Domestically, life stinks. The economy is still showing signs of strain, sporadic rioting continues, and the Bo Xilai drama, which daily brings new and damaging revelations about the way China works is doing nothing to stabilize the country during a time of political transition.And that’s just at home. Abroad, the consequences of the US repositioning continue to reverberate across the region. Small powers like the Philippines, reassured about American support, are challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea. Japan is taking a more stridently anti-Chinese line. The defection of Burma from its Chinese connection gains momentum every day as Japan, India, Australia and the EU all join the US in welcoming the junta into the global economy. China’s one remaining ally, North Korea, remains a serious liability as its provocations and threats drive countries like South Korea and Japan closer to Washington.The combination of internal and external pressure is severe and has the government in Beijing under more pressure than many observers grasp. Abandoning the policy of “peaceful rise” is looking more and more like a grave strategic error; much now depends on what lessons Beijing draws from a humiliating succession of high profile setbacks in Asia.